ANCI tackles counterfeiting and ‘unfair competition’
Representatives of the National Association of Italian Footwear Manufacturers (ANCI) recently met with the Italian parliamentary inquest commission into counterfeiting and piracy, where they proposed a number of measures to transform existing laws to protect Italian producers.
The main issue raised by ANCI was the monitoring of counterfeiting. It was recommended that, in addition to the information gathered by the authorities, an organisation should be officially appointed to the task of counteracting this crime. Another key matter for the association was the increase of penalties imposed on counterfeiters.
ANCI expressed particular concern about online counterfeiting. It was also alarmed about false indications of origin affecting Italian-made goods. In addition, ANCI was concerned about the use of ‘Italian sounding’ names by foreign competitors which, it claimed, unduly imply that their products have Italian attributes. ANCI has suggested that Confindustria (the Confederation of Italian Industries) should be financed in order to take measures abroad – in conjunction with Italian embassies – to legally protect Italian manufacturers and raise consumer awareness in emerging markets.
This article was originally published on page 3 of the January 2012 issue of SATRA Bulletin.